Kyle Veterinary Hospital

Veterinary Pain Management in Hamilton County, OH

Animals can experience pain due to a variety of reasons. Whether it's from an injury, surgery, or a chronic condition, pain can greatly affect a pet's quality of life. That's why pet owners need to understand the importance of veterinary pain management and the difference between acute and chronic pain.

Understanding Veterinary Pain Management

Veterinary pain management is the practice of identifying and treating pain in animals. It involves a combination of medication, physical therapy, and other techniques to alleviate pain and improve the overall well-being of the animal. Pain management is crucial for animals, as it can help them recover from injuries or surgeries, and improve their quality of life if they have a chronic condition.

Acute Pain in Pets

Acute pain is a sudden and short-term pain that is usually caused by an injury or surgery. It can be intense and debilitating, but it typically goes away once the underlying cause is treated.

Pain Management Solutions

There are various pain management solutions that we may use to treat acute pain in animals. These may include:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Rimadyl canines or Onsior for felines can be used to manage acute pain in pets. These medications can help reduce inflammation and provide pain relief.
  • Local anesthetics: These are used to numb a specific area of the body and can help manage pain after surgery or during a procedure.
  • Rest is also crucial for animals with acute pain, as it allows their bodies to heal and recover.

Chronic Pain in Pets

Chronic pain is a long-term pain that persists for weeks, months, or even years. It is often associated with chronic conditions such as arthritis, cancer, or nerve damage. Chronic pain can greatly affect an animal's daily life and may require ongoing pain management.

Pain Management Solutions

Managing chronic pain in pets can be challenging, but there are various options available. These may include:

  • Like acute pain management, medications such as NSAIDs for canines, or Onsior for felines be used to provide relief for chronic pain.
  • Some supplements, such as glucosamine and chondroitin, may help improve joint health and reduce pain in animals with conditions like arthritis.
  • Solensia is the first and only FDA-approved Anti-NGF Monoclonal Antibody Therapy administered monthly at our office that can help control osteoarthritis pain in cats.
  • Librela is the first and only monthly injectable Anti-NGF Monoclonal Antibody Therapy administered at our office to help control osteoarthritis pain in dogs.

Signs and Symptoms of Pain in Pets

It's important to note that pets may not always show obvious signs of pain. They may try to hide their pain as a survival instinct, making it difficult for pet owners to recognize when their pet is in pain. Some common signs of pain in pets include:

  • Changes in behavior, such as increased aggression or withdrawal
  • Changes in appetite or eating habits
  • Difficulty moving or reluctance to move
  • Excessive grooming or licking of a specific area
  • Whimpering, crying, or vocalizing
  • Changes in posture or body language

If you notice any of these signs in your pet, it's important to consult with us to determine the cause of the pain and the best course of action for managing it.

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